Join SEMA at its annual safety conference when nine speakers including major brands will cover current statutory and product related topics plus case study material on the theme of “Safety in the Storage Industry: Aiming High”. The event takes Thursday 2nd November at the National Motorcycle Museum Solihull and costs £135 + VAT.

SEMA President Jaap Vos says: “We appreciate the help and support of statutory bodies which will be available on the day from the HSE and Worcestershire Regulatory Services. Jenny Skeldon, Inspector at the HSE will set the scene by briefing the audience on the statutory body’s current priorities with reference to inspection strategies, statistics and how tougher sentencing guidelines are having impact. Ray Cooke, Head of the HSE’s Construction Safety Unit will present findings on the use of safety harnesses with MEWPS from his work on the Strategic Forum for Plant Safety.

“And of course, every conference should offer practical support worth investigating for your own organisation. Peter Maloney, senior practitioner, Environmental Health, Worcestershire Regulatory Services will outline how companies with multi-site operations can often find themselves receiving conflicting advice when seeking to establish a uniform approach to site storage safety. By investing in a Primary Partnership Agreement, specialist officers can work alongside a business to provide assured advice and help prevent enforcement action being taken.”

Fire protection in warehouses remains a key issue so SIG Distribution’s, Nigel Gillingham National Fire Protection Officer will summarise the two types of protection; active and passive and those measures of compliance required in non-dwellings.

There is massive diversity in how companies proactively manage safe storage. Three key brands explain how they continually develop the safety agenda and what’s been achieved.

Stationery leader ACCO brands uses an annual audit system “sampling” in depth specific aspects of the business’s operations. Director, Lee King will explain how recent findings outlined issues such as the need to comply with PUWER and LOLER and how this was implemented. ACCO takes safety extremely seriously and its chairman sits on the board of any lost time accident hearing.

David Robertson is a Senior H & S Manager for Coca-Cola European Partners GB Business Unit (CCEP). In January 17, he transitioned to a new role within CCEP and identified opportunities in the way that racking was being inspected and maintained.

With input from SEMA, they have standardised operating procedures, created inspection checklists and set up technical racking training within the GB network.

Neil Beacock, H&S Officer for Skymark Packaging International first came across SEMA three years ago. His first task was to look at existing compliance based on SEMA’s codes of practice. Outdated equipment was removed and significant investment made in SEMA manufactured adjustable pallet racking. Racking is audited daily; damaged areas are taken out of commission and SARI inspections are conducted every six months.

SEMA’s own personnel, Lionel Drage and Alan Worrell complete the line-up. Lionel presents on what constitutes an effective sign off and Alan illustrates the “Onion Skin” approach to types of inspection alongside a guideline for the different levels of inspection and associated responsibilities. Leading providers offer guidance information in an informal exhibition during break out periods.


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